Willie Thrower

Caron Barnhardt

Willie Thrower was a pioneer for African American football, the first to play professionally as a quarterback. Born in Pennsyvania in 1930, Willie Thrower made history in 1953, when he took the place of the Bears quarterback, George Blanda during a game against the 49ers. Although Willie Thrower became the first black quarterback to play in the NFL, his legacy did not last long, as the Chicago Bears did not resign him to another contract. Some people referred to him as the black Jacki Robinson of football. Thrower went to the Canadian league and played three seasons with the Blue Bombers. Willie Thrower wasn’t the best but he made history and changed the game forever.